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What ifs, buts, and maybes for Ireland

Lindsay Peat hopes France can go on to be crowned Women’s Rugby World Cup champions after their first- half blitz demolished Ireland on Thursday night.

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Heroics not enough as French simply a class apart

The temptation is to say ‘game over’ for Ireland after the host nation came out a distant second-best in this win-or-bust Pool C decider against a slick French side in the Women’s Rugby World Cup at Belfield last night.

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Steve Hansen backs Aaron Smith despite latest allegations

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has backed half-back Aaron Smith to play well in tomorrow’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the Wallabies despite the latest allegations about his airport “toilet tryst” scandal.

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All Blacks back in business

The All Blacks juggernaut hit a road bump in the British and Irish Lions series but it should be back to business as usual for the world champions when they take on South Africa, Australia and Argentina in the Rugby Championship.

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Belfast calls as school’s out for World Cup

Today, the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup folds its tents and moves up the M1 from the UCD campus on Dublin’s southside to Belfast.

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‘We just had too much of a mountain to climb’

Ireland’s comprehensive 21-5 defeat to France at a rain-soaked UCD Bowl saw Tom Tierney’s side fail to qualify for the Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals last night.

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